NCC Education Guidance on What to do Should Exams or Assessments be Disrupted - NCC Education

NCC Education Guidance on What to do Should Exams or Assessments be Disrupted 13 March 2020

Accredited Partner Centres should prepare in the event of disruption to exams and assessments and ensure all staff are aware of these plans. 

Until further notice is given by the UK Government, Accredited Partner Centres should follow the guidelines set out below if need arises. This page will be updated as per information when received:  

When drafting contingency plans, centres should consider the following guidance:  

  1. Disruption of teaching time  centres are closed for an extended period 

Criteria for implementation of the plan 

  • Centres are closed, or candidates are unable to attend for an extended period during planned guided learning hours, interrupting the provision of normal teaching and learning. 

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Where there is disruption to teaching time and candidates miss teaching and learning, it remains the responsibility of centres to prepare candidates, as usual, for assessments. 

  • Centres may advise candidates to transfer to a different assessment cycle 
  • Centres should have plans in place to facilitate alternative methods of teaching and learning. 
  1. Disruptionin the distribution of examination papers 

Criteria for implementation of the plan 

  • Disruption to the distribution of examination papers to centres in advance of examinations. 

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  • NCC Education to provide centres with electronic access to examination papers via email 
  • The Centre Coordinator would need to ensure that copies are received, printed and stored under secure conditions 
  • NCC Education to source alternative couriers for deliverof hard copies if appropriate. 
  1. Candidates unable to take examinations because of a crisis  centres remain open 

 Criteria for implementation of the plan 

  • Candidates are unable to attend at centres to take their examinations as normal. 

Recommended actions:  

  • Centre to liaise with candidates to identify whether the examination can be sat aan alternative venue in agreement with NCC Education (for example, share facilities with other centres or use other public building (for example, British Council), if possible) 
  • Candidates offered an opportunity to sit any examinations missed at the next available cycle 
  • Centres to apply to NCC Education for special consideration for any eligible candidate(see also NCC Education’s Registration Exceptional Circumstances Policy and Procedure).